20+ Things to Do This September in St. Louis

Monday August 19, 2019

St. Louis offers a robust list of must-dos as summer turns to autumn, including air shows, concerts, food festivals, Labor Day weekend festivities and so much more. Check out our list of events happening this September in St. Louis:

St. Nicholas Greek Festival | August 30 – September 2

Gyros, moussaka, spanakopita, baklava. . . there’s no better way to spend Labor Day weekend than at the St. Louis Greek Festival at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in the Central West End neighborhood. The annual festival features live entertainment, delicious food and drink, and free tours of the beautiful church.

Japanese Festival | August 31 – September 2

Join the Missouri Botanical Garden in celebrating the culture and traditions of Japan when the annual Japanese Festival returns to St. Louis! From traditional music to martial arts, sumo to sushi, bon odori dancing to bonsai displays and thunderous taiko drumming to Tea House Island tours, the three-day Labor Day weekend is filled with sights, sounds and experiences for the entire family.

The Gateway Cup | August 30 – September 2

Take in four days of bicycle racing in four of the city’s amazing urban neighborhoods. The 35th edition of the Gateway Cup includes the Tour de Lafayette, the Tour de Francis Park, the Giro della Montagna and the Benton Park Classic.

John Mayer | September 3

Grammy Award winning artist John Mayer is heading to Enterprise Center for his 2019 World Tour. Hear massive hits, such as last year’s “New Light,” “Gravity,” “Love on the Weekend,” “Heartbreak Warfare,” “Daughters,” “Waiting on the World to Change,” “Your Body Is a Wonderland,” and many more that span his entire recording career.

Gateway Arch Riverboat Cruises | Throughout September

Throughout the month of September enjoy some of the best views of the Gateway Arch and St. Louis’ working riverfront on a riverboat cruise.  Whether you’re in the mood for a romantic dinner, a relaxing tour, or a floating party with live music and dancing, there is a cruise to suit your interest. Riverboat cruises throughout the month of September include a Riverfront Cruise, Skyline Dinner Cruise, Blues Cruise, Theatrical Cruise and more.

Saint Louis Art Fair | September 6 – 8

If you want to see one of the best art fairs in the country, head to the Clayton Business District for the annual St. Louis Art Fair. This three day exhibition of visual and performing arts features the fine art works from over 100 nationally recognized artists.

Backstreet Boys |  September 6

The Backstreet Boys are on their biggest arena tour in 18 years showcasing their newest album DNA.  The group will land at Enterprise Center on September 6 on the heels of their latest album featuring music that melds all of their favorite influences and styles into coherent pieces of work.

Spirit of St. Louis Airshow & Stem Expo | September 7

One of only three air shows in the world to feature two of the best jet demonstration teams, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force Red Arrows. This exciting two-day event also includes many other aerial demonstrations, an amazing variety of civilian and military aircraft on the ground, and an interactive STEM Expo to engage students of all ages. Tickets are limited and available on-line only at spirit-airshow.com.

U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team vs. Uruguay | September 10

The U.S. Men’s National team will face fifth-ranked Uruguay in the U.S team’s final match before the start of the Concacaf Nations League, a tournament which will help determine qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The MNT takes the field at Busch Stadium for only the second time in 20 years, following the 6-1 win against St. Vincent & the Grenadines in a FIFA World Cup Qualifier on Nov. 13, 2015.

St. Louis Symphony Free Concert in Forest Park | September 12

Pack a picnic, grab a blanket and enjoy the St. Louis Symphony’s FREE concert in Forest Park at 7pm. The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs classical favorites at the base of Art Hill, closing with an impressive firework display. Invite your family and friends for one of St. Louis’ favorite musical events of the year!

Taste of St. Louis | September 13 – 15

The Taste of St. Louis has returned to Downtown St. Louis.  The 2019’s Taste of St. Louis celebrates it’s 15-year heritage with new attractions that highlight the amazing local talent STL has to offer (in the music, culinary and community scene) at Soldiers Memorial Park.

Great Forest Park Balloon Glow and Race | September 20 – 21

Founded in 1973, The Great Forest Park Balloon Race is celebrating its 47th year. Come out and enjoy one of St. Louis’ most popular events.  It all begins with the Balloon Glow on Friday night. Then, crowds return to Forest Park the following day for the big race.  Along with the balloon races, the event also features pony rides, local musical entertainment and concessions. It’s full of family fun!

4th Annual Life Outside Festival | September 21

The Life Outside festival brings together area businesses, nonprofits and clubs to offer activities for people of all ages at St. Vincent Greenway in St. Vincent County park . Attendees can see, try and learn ways to spend more of their lives outside. Free activities include tree climbing, kayaking lessons, birdwatching, rock climbing, stand up paddle boarding, nature crafts and activities for kids, walks and bike rides throughout the day, gardening and yoga.

HOP in the City Beer Festival | September 14

Sample over 40 different styles and six specialty tapings that you may not find anywhere else, ever. It’s a day of live, local music, festival fare and brewers getting a chance to show off what they love to do most, create beer. Tickets are on sale on Schlafly’s website.

South Grand Fall Fest | September 21

The South Grand Business District will be hosting their sixth annual Fall Festival on September 21st.  With shopping, live music and family activities, Fall Fest on South Grand Blvd is a can’t-miss event for all ages – and its free.

Taking Back Sunday | September 21

In celebration of the band’s 20th anniversary Taking Back Sunday is coming to Ballpark Village on Saturday, September 21st. This performance will take place at a brand-new outdoor concert environment unlike any other in St. Louis. Enjoy hearing some of your favorites like “You’re So Last Summer” and “Cute Without the E,” along with newly recorded songs, during this incredible performance.

The Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival | September 21

Enjoy non-stop jazz and blues music from two stages showcasing St. Louis’ most talented performers plus food and drink from area restaurants. There will also be street entertainers with face-painting, juggling and balloons.

The Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival | September 21 – 23

The Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival celebrates the food, music and cultures of Latin America. This year, the annual event will be held at Soulard Park just south of downtown St. Louis. The three day festival is truly a feast for the senses. There are Mexican salsa bands, folk dancers and popular Hispanic food.

Q in the Lou | September 27 – 29

Ready to go hog wild? Bar-b-que lovers can enjoy all their favorites at Q in the Lou BBQ Festival at Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis. The three-day festival features top BBQ chefs from all over the country cooking up their most popular recipes, great live music, and of course, the best barbecue in America.

St. Louis Hills Art in the Park | September 29

Fourteen years and going strong! Art in the Park returns to Francis Park in St. Louis Hills on Sunday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., when artists fill the space on both sides of the lily pond to showcase their creative wares amid live music, delicious food and children’s activities. As always, admission is free and open to the public.

For a full list of events happening this September in St. Louis, check out our calendar of events. Also, be sure to share your photos of your St. Louis adventure using the hashtag #ExploreStLouis.

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